Monitoring Activities

The General Medical Council has the statutory responsibility to set standards for basic medical education and to ensure that these standards are met.

Each year the GMC asks the School to complete a Medical School Annual Return (MSAR) to feed in to their Quality Assurance of Basic Medical Education (QABME) processes.

In 2012-13, as well as providing the MSAR, UCLMS was part of the GMC's regional review of London. The visit took place in November 2012 and the final reports are published below. Several areas of good practice were identified and no serious concerns were reported.

During 2013, UCLMS also participated in the GMC's audit of undergraduate assessment at all UK medical schools. A return was submitted as part of the review process.

2015-2016 MSAR

2014-2015 MSAR

 2013-2014 MSAR

2012-2013 MSAR

*Please note that no outstanding actions were reported in Section B 

2011-2012 MSAR

For the 2011-12 academic session, the GMC has asked the Medical School to complete a Medical School Annual Return (MSAR). The deadline for submission of the 2011-12 MSAR to GMC was the 1st December 2011.

Please find below the 2011-12 UCL Medical School MSAR Submission;

2010-2011 EAR

Since 2009-2010, the GMC has asked the Medical School to complete an Enhanced Annual Return (EAR).

The Annual Student Experience Review (ASER) was introduced in 2015 as UCL’s tool for monitoring the quality of teaching and learning and enhancing the student experience.  The ASER draws on an evaluation of student satisfaction (including the NSS and Student Barometer) and student feedback (SEQs), reports from external examiners and actions taken by the School in response to them, and on admissions and progression statistics, to develop a Departmental Evaluative Report with a Development and Enhancement Plan. The ASER replaces the Annual Monitoring Exercise (AMR) which was used from 2006-2014.  The ASER is also used to assist in the preparation for Internal Quality Reviews (IQR) which are held every 5 years.

MBBS ASER 2014-15

Annual Monitoring Report 2014-15

Prior to the introduction of the ASER, UCL’s QA processes required each programme to produce an Annual Monitoring Report (AMR) as a means for the College to monitor and enhance the quality of teaching and learning. Each report gives an account of issues from the previous academic year. In 2014-15, the MBBS programme underwent an Augmented Annual Monitoring process which was a UCL requirement in the year preceding an Internal Quality Review (IQR).

MBBS AMR 2013-14

MBBS Augmented AMR 2009/10 - 2013/14

External Scrutineer Report 2009/10 - 2013/14

Past AMR Reports

The Internal Quality Review (IQR) is UCL's central academic quality management and enhancement process and includes all academic departments of UCL.

IQRs are conducted every 5 years and the Medical School has an IQR in 2015, having completed the last IQR in 2010. The IQR in 2015 will cover both undergraduate and postgraduate activities in the Division, whereas the IQR in 2010 covered only the MBBS programme. The IQR process includes preparation and submission of a Self Evaluative Statement (SES) and a visit by a QA team from UCL.  



The Service Increment For Teaching (SIFT) is a funding stream provided by the Health Authority to all NHS Trusts involved in undergraduate medical education. NHS London requires the Medical School to provide an annual report covering all financial and quality processes relating to SIFT funding. These reports can be seen below.

The Quality Assurance Unit has a comprehensive, multi-faceted approach to the quality assurance of the clinical placements undertaken by students in Years' 4-6 of the MBBS programme. Visits are one aspect of the quality assurance of these placements.

Prior to the start of the 2016-17 academic year, the QAU reviewed its visits policy and the revised policy can be accessed here.

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